Neighbour pays tribute after double death in Lisnaskea

An unmarked police car keeps watch at St Patrick's Terrace, Lisnaskea, where the bodies of two men where discovered last night    Photo by Ronan McGrade

An unmarked police car keeps watch at St Patrick’s Terrace, Lisnaskea, where the bodies of two men where discovered last night Photo by Ronan McGrade

A COMMUNITY has been plunged into grief after a father and son were found dead in Lisnaskea.

They have been named locally as Johnny (John) McNally and his son Holden.


It is the second tragedy to rock the family after the 75-year-old’s daughter, Lorna Boyle, was killed in Greece exactly 12 months ago. Her body was found at her apartment.

There has been widespread shock after the bodies were discovered late on Monday night in their bedrooms at the family home on St Patrick;s Terrace.

It is believed a relative raised the alarm and contacted the police after they were unable to access the house.

A neighbour of the deceased, Vincent Martin, described Johnny and 35-year-old Holden as two ‘quiet men’.

“People here are stunned and shocked at this, it’s not something you expect or like to hear,” he added.

“Their deaths are unusual and Holden’s sister Rhonda looked very shocked by it all.

“I have lived beside them for 12 years and got on the best with Johnny. He never caused any fuss and he kept himself to himself. He was a quiet man, very intelligent. He had his finger on the pulse about things that were happening.


“Police came to our house and had to use my back garden and other gardens to get their back door which was open.

“Johnny played for Fermanagh in the mid-1950s as a goalkeeper. It’s very sad.”

In June last year, Lorna Boyle’s body was found in an apartment in the Amepolkipoi area of Athens.

Police were investigation the circumstances of her death after her body was found in a first floor apartment.

At the time of the discovery, her 52-year-old partner was arrested in connection with her death.

Another shocked neighbour, who did not wish to be named, told the Fermanagh Herald that Johnny’s sister first raised the alarm.

“She couldn’t get in contact with them and then she rang the daughter and they couldn’t get in contact so they rang the police and they came to the house and climbed over the gardens and the back door was open and they were found in two separate bedrooms,” they explained.

“I would have known them from years ago, it is very sad. I hope there was nothing sinister.

“They were in different rooms but it’s worse if something really bad happened.

Another neighbour said: “Sadly it’s the way things go sometimes. They lived there a lifetime. It’s sad to see. That type of thing shouldn’t happen.”

The bodes were taken away yesterday (Tuesday), afternoon for a post-mortem examination.

It is not yet known how long the bodies were in the house before they were discovered.

A police spokesman said: “Police in Fermanagh are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two men whose bodies were discovered at a house at St Patrick’s Terrace on Monday, 15th June.

“A post mortem examination and formal identification will take place in due course. There are no further details at present.”

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